Disability Royal Commission

Anglicare Tasmania supports the important work of the Disability Royal Commission.

All people have the right to live free of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The Disability Royal Commission (DRC) was established in April 2019 in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability. Click here for its terms of reference.

The DRC is receiving submissions and holding community forums, private sessions and public hearings (formal proceedings in which witnesses give evidence, under oath or affirmation). Registrations for private sessions need to be finalised by June 30, 2022. Submissions must be received no later than December 31, 2022.

There is counselling and advocacy support available for people who have experienced or been affected by violence, neglect, abuse or exploitation, or who are thinking of taking part in the DRC. Click here to find out what disability counselling and advocacy support is available.

The DRC’s final report is due by 29 September 2023. It will recommend to the Australian Government ways to improve laws, policies, structures and practices to ensure a more inclusive and just society.

The DRC is investigating how to:

  • prevent and better protect people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • achieve best practice in reporting, investigating and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability
  • promote a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be independent and live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

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